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The Dos and Don'ts of Kitchen Color Schemes

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

Choosing the color scheme for your kitchen is a big decision. You will have to live with those colors for a long time, so you don’t want to choose colors that you will soon tire of. If a color scheme loses its appeal and becomes boring, it will limit your enjoyment of the kitchen.

Although there is no right or wrong way to customize your kitchen, the way to create lasting appeal is with neutral colors. A neutral color scheme will give your kitchen a clean uncluttered feel and you can easily adapt the colors by making minor additions to the kitchen.

Moreover, since neutral colors tend to make spaces feel more expansive, your kitchen will appear more spacious with neutrals than with other colors. Neutral colors also reflect light better, so the kitchen will also feel brighter and a lot more inviting.

However, KRS Management warns that even with the best neutral color scheme, there are mistakes you should avoid as well as things you definitely should do to improve the allure of your kitchen. Here are some of the things to do and a few things you should not do when choosing a color scheme for your kitchen.

Dos of kitchen color schemes

· Add a hint of color

Using all neutral colors tones in the kitchen can result in a flat look. Your kitchen can benefit from a splash of vibrant colors. Think of how you can add a hint of color to counters and cabinets. Paint a bit of wall space to liven up the design.

· Think of the lighting

The lighting in the kitchen will interact with your chosen colors to make the kitchen more or less appealing. Lights can make a space feel bigger and brighter. The lack of lights or the wrong kind of lighting will make the kitchen feel cramped and gloomy. Use lighting to compliment your colors.

· Add color with light fixtures

In addition to the lights they produce, lighting fixtures impact the overall appeal of your color scheme. Colorful light fixtures are a way to add depth and color to the design. Soft gold lighting fixtures are an option that works in most kitchens.

· Strike a balance with warm colors

Warm colors have a bit of red, orange, or yellow undertones. Cool colors have blue, purple, or green undertones. Warm colors have an inviting feel to them, which is why they are classified as such. You can create balance by combining warm tones with warm neutrals.

· Pay attention to undertones

All colors have undertones, and those undertones can create conflicts between colors that should normally work together. Undertones add a hint of other colors to your kitchen, and this can interfere with your color scheme. Know the undertones in any paint before you use it.

· Have fun with your colors

Understand the rules and then adapt them in your own way. Doing the unexpected with the design of your kitchen is how you inject your unique personality into the design. If you do not let yourself have fun with the design, it will reflect in the quality of the results.

Don'ts of kitchen color schemes

· Don’t be afraid of vibrant colors

There is nothing wrong with using vibrant colors in the design; it is all a matter of how you use them. Adding pops of color will help break up the monotonous canvass of a neutral color scheme. Vibrant colors help to make the kitchen a more exciting place.

· Don’t be afraid of black

Black is one neutral people rarely think of using in a kitchen. Black often conveys the impression of being somber. But this depends on how much of it is used and where you use it. Adding black to your kitchen is a great way to add a modern feel to it.

· Do not avoid gray

Gray on kitchen walls is a hot trend right now. Especially if your cabinets or flooring has dark colors, warm gray, or greige may be the perfect color to accentuate those features. Gray also combines beautifully with beach-style color schemes.

· Do not overdo the gray

Trends are temporary but your kitchen is not. When you adopt trends, you should do it in a way that does not harm the long-term value of your kitchen. Use gray colors for the features of the kitchen that are easily updated. Gray walls can easily be repainted but not so with gray flooring or countertops.

· Do not underestimate the small things

Adding colorful linen is a quick and affordable way to alter the appearance of the kitchen. The same is true for the window treatment you choose for your kitchen. Colorful dinnerware is another small addition that can make a lot of difference.

· Do not forget the rest of the house

Starting with the adjoining rooms, do not overlook the impact of the rest of your home on the kitchen’s design. To start with, use a little of the kitchen’s color scheme in the nearby rooms. But overall, strive for consistency with the design of the entire home.

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